Programs and Services

Safer Bar

RCC’s Safer Bar training is a bystander intervention program designed for staff at alcohol-serving establishments. These employees are in a unique position to help protect their patrons and their community; just as staff might intervene to keep a customer from driving home drunk, they can also intervene in a situation where they perceive sexual aggression in progress.


This three-hour training will earn an individual a five-year Safer Bar certification. COVID UPDATE: We are conducting Safer Bar trainings virtually, and are adding material to address pandemic-specific concerns and scenarios in addition to our regular content. Thanks to Spirited Women’s sponsorship of this program, we are able to offer sliding-scale registration at this time.


Next training date TBA

Registration coming soon.

Email [email protected] if you’d like to be notified when registration opens.


Training participants will learn how to help facilitate a culture that does not tolerate sexual violence, including:

  • How to recognize and identify signs and stages of sexual aggression.
  • Assertive communication skills for confident, neutral interactions.
  • The impact of gender socialization on individual interaction styles.
  • Targeting strategies to intervene in the workplace and the opportunity for live practice with trained Safer Bar facilitators.

Please email [email protected] for more information or to schedule.


PLEASE NOTE: This training is intended to provide staff with effective tools to attempt to intervene on behalf of their customers. It is not guaranteed to reduce the incidence of sexual assault in your establishment and the implication that it does should be avoided at all costs.

The following Madison-area bars and restaurants have at least one Safer Bar-certified individual on staff:

Argus Bar & Grill


Plaza Tavern

Bistro 101

Cask & Ale

Genna’s Cocktail Lounge

Heritage Tavern

Ivory Room Piano Bar


Madison Sourdough Co.



Morris Ramen

Natt Spil

Osteria Papavero

Palace Cinema

A Pig in a Fur Coat

The Robin Room

Sjölinds Chocolate


Tipsy Cow

Underground Food Collective